Music is a subject that offers a broad academic education at Sixth Form level and a valuable qualification leading to entry to a variety of courses and careers. As well as studying Music, former students of A Level Music have gone on to study Medicine, Languages, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English, both at Oxbridge and at other prestigious institutions.
You would all follow courses in History of Music (Development of the Symphony, Early 20th Century Music and Jazz), Free Composition, Harmony, Aural, and Performance on your chosen instrument(s).
We expect to find in our students both an inquisitive mind and the ability to pursue individual research. An interest in music of all periods and genres is essential, as is a willingness to examine music in the light of social and other historical developments. Assessment at the end of Year 13 is by one written examination, one recital and a combination of compositions completed in controlled assessment conditions at the end of the course.
Requirements: Pupils must gain a 7/A in Music at GCSE in order to proceed with the subject at A Level. Practical ability of grade 6 at the commencement of the course is also necessary, as well as sound notational skills. A thorough, working-knowledge of grade 5 standard theory is also essential.
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